Car Hire Offers for November, 2013

Hammond drives the Alfa Romeo 4C

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

"It’s not a Cayman, but I don’t care": Richard falls in love with the baby Alfa coupe

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Kia provides first details on Soul EV arrival, specs

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

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Kia Soul EV prototype - disguised

When Bob Dylan and his guitar-driven poetry embraced the amp in the mid-Sixties, he famously endured cries of “Judas!” from at least one dejected folkie. The Voice Of A Generation had gone electric, and apparently not all of his concert-goers were ready for the transition. We suspect the Kia Soul and its dancing hamsters will have an easier time of it.

In early October, Kia confirmed what had already long been rumored – the Soul is going electric, too, and now it’s revealing some initial details and specs. The automaker’s mega-popular ‘box’ car will be the company’s first EV sold in North America – or indeed, anywhere outside of its home market (Kia has offered its tiny Ray EV to government fleets in Korea in limited numbers). For the moment, officials aren’t saying exactly when the Soul EV will hit its North American dealers, but it has pinned down the “second half of 2014,” for global overseas deliveries to begin, so it’s fair to assume the car will carry a 2015 model year designation.

Kia is touting “class-leading range” in excess of 120 miles

And just what will Soul EV buyers have to look forward to? Kia says the model will feature an electric motor with 109 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque backed by a 27-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion polymer battery pack, figures that compare favorably with the 2013 Nissan Leaf (107 hp, 187 lb-ft, 24 kWh). Official estimates call for the 0-62 mph dash to fall in under 12 seconds, which isn’t much longer than the gas-powered 2014 model takes with its 164-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Top speed should be around 90 mph.

Kia is touting “class-leading range” in excess of 120 miles, though real-world figures are likely to be in the ballpark just north of the 75 or so miles the 2013 Leaf can muster. Charge times for the Soul EV are said to be on the order of 5 hours using a 240-volt home quick charger or 25 minutes on a 100-kW output charger (the sort usually found in a commercial environment) and Kia says the car will emit an audio tone at speeds under 12 mph and in reverse to address pedestrian safety concerns associated with the EV’s otherwise very quiet drivetrain.

No word yet on pricing or availability (it’s probably safe to assume the Soul EV won’t get a coast-to-coast rollout, instead focusing on select markets like California), but we’ll have our first impressions from a prototype drive in Korea shortly, so stay tuned. In the mean time, see the official press release below for more details.

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Hot Car Deal ? Save

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Which? Hot Car Deal: The new Mazda 3 won?t arrive in showrooms until 2014, but you can already find great savings on this striking new Golf rival online

Source: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2013/11/hot-car-deal–save-3000-on-new-mazda-3-341913/?cmp=RSS-CARS_341913

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Minibus Options introduction

Saturday, November 30th, 2013
Minibus Options introduction

Source: http://www.minibusoptions.co.uk/content/minibus-options-introduction

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Watch the world?s slowest rally crash

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Opel Ascona fails to go quickly, still manages to bring down a brick building

Source: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/opel-ascona-crashes-into-a-building-2013-11-28?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ongoing

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Watch the world?s slowest rally crash

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Opel Ascona fails to go quickly, still manages to bring down a brick building

Source: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/opel-ascona-crashes-into-a-building-2013-11-28?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ongoing

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An Infotaining Journey for the 21st Century Passenger

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Bus or coach passengers have few options when it comes to whiling away the time. They can stare out of the window, read a newspaper or listen to music. This has been the state of affairs for many years but things have changed with the latest technological advances. Digital technology plays an increasingly important role [...]

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Trans-Siberian Railway 2013: Badaling, Great Wall of China Report

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

VW Touran * See the Full Photo Report by clicking on the title! * This is Part 25 of my Trans-Siberian Photo Report.

VW Transporter Heaven at BusFest 2013

Friday, November 29th, 2013

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Care Homes. What you need to know about minibuses.

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Are you a care home that owns or operates a minibus? If you are then you will know that obtaining the right type of minibus insurance is an important part of this process. Selecting a minibus insurance policy that properly covers you can be more complex especially if you are to carry passengers in connection [...]

Source: http://www.minibusclub.co.uk/blog/2012/01/04/care-homes-what-you-need-to-know-about-minibuses/

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2012 Volkswagen Golf

Friday, November 29th, 2013

The pioneer in hot hatchbacks – the Volkswagen Golf – is back with some new engine and model versions for 2012. Although many rival automotive brands have caught up with the Golf in terms of popularity, sales and technological advancement over the years, the VW Golf’s reputation alone still gives it a notch of an advantage over its counterparts with regards to buyer preference particularly in the European market. The 2012 version of the VW Golf is now available for sale in the UK as a 3-door or 5-door hatchback with 5 distinct models but with the same core values- fun to drive, solidly built and competitively priced.

Without further ado, here are the five 2012 Golf models and its respective trims and base prices which are as follows: The entry level Golf starting at £15,850 up to £21,310 with 4 trims namely the S, the Match, the Blue Motion and the GT. For those who love the sun and driving with the roof down, there’s the all-new Golf Cabriolet model which is only sold as a 2-door version with 3 trims starting with the S at £20,720, the SE for £22,455, and the GT for £25,295.

The Golf Plus is a roomy version of the entry level model and comes available with 5 doors in 2 variants with the S at £15,780 and the SE at £19,370. For those who like more room for the family, there’s the Golf Estate with three trims starting with the S (£17,960), the SE (£20,095), and the Sportline (£21,965).

And last but certainly not the least among them, the world renowned Golf GTI model which is favored by car reviewers and enthusiasts alike. This is the most powerful and sporty version and comes in four trims namely the GTD (£24,635), the GTI (£25,305), the GTI Edition 35 (£27,525), and the top of the model line Golf R (£31,420).

With the exception of the Golf Blue Motion trim which is powered solely by a fuel efficient 1.6L 105hp turbo-diesel engine, any other Golf model can be had in three variants of the 5-cylinder petrol engines (two 1.2L with 85hp and 105hp; and a 1.4L with 122hp) and four variants of the 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines (two 1.6TDi with 90hp and 105hp; a 1.6L Blue Motion Technology with 105hp; and a 2.0TDi 140hp). A standard five or six-speed manual gearbox transfers power to the front wheels although an optional six or seven-speed automatic transmission is also available.

Even though the 2012 VW Golf is deemed a tad expensive compared to other cars in its class, its long list of standard amenities, safety features and overall fun factor will do justice to its asking price. Nothing else out there can compare to the 35 years of constant evolution by the VW Golf, testament to the company’s pursuit of delivering to the consumers a vehicle with a fun to drive dynamics in an overall quality package.

Source: http://www.allreleasedates.co.uk/post/2011/11/22/2012-Volkswagen-Golf.aspx

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2012 Vauxhall Zafira

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Newly redesigned for 2012, the venerable Vauxhall Zafira is now available for sale in the UK where it has made a mark as a favorite among soccer moms and fleet car companies alike. The 2012 Vauxhall Zafira, classified as a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), has been updated from previous model years to give other automotive brands in its segment a run for their money. The changes are not just in aesthetics alone but also underneath the bonnet as well as upgrades to the interior. The Zafira has also retained its build quality which the UK motoring show Top Gear has described as “solidly bolted… which is just as well given the attack it will come under from tiny hands.”

The Vauxhall Zafira will be powered by three petrol and two diesel engines. For the petrol versions, buyers can choose from the following: a 1.6i 16-valve four pot with VVT, two 140hp 1.8i 16-valve VVT (manual 5-speed and Easytronic). The diesel engine will come in only one spec but with two different horsepower outputs: 1.7CDTi 16v ecoFLEX engine with manual 6-speed in 110hp and 125hp respectively.

There are six available Zafira models and trims buyers can choose from, namely: the Expression and Life (£13,995), the Exclusiv (£18,560), the Excite (£20,800), the top of the line Elite (£24,245), and the Design trim which is actually the only Zafira model that buyers can customize. There are also non-air conditioned models made available only for the 1.6i Expression trim with the 5-speed manual transmission.

Among the basic standard features and amnities includes the following: air conditioning (starting with Life models), CD player/stereo radio, 12-volt auxiliary power socket, power-assisted steering with ABS, Electronic Stability Programme-plus with traction control, dual front and seat side-impact airbags, full-size curtain airbags, electric door mirrors and front windows, remote controlled central deadlocking, adjustable steering wheel, the Flex7® seating system, and a lot more.

It has also been announced that the new Zafira Tourer, which was previewed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, will hit UK showrooms by early 2012. Along with it comes two new engines, a 1.4 Turbo petrol and a 2.0 CDTi diesel with three various horsepower ratings rumoured to be between the 110 to 165 range. This incoming 2012 Zafira Tourer model will also raise the bar for design, luxury, flexibility and innovation in the MPV sector, as per the Vauxhall press release. Now that is something to look forward to.

Source: http://www.allreleasedates.co.uk/post/2011/11/22/2012-Vauxhall-Zafira.aspx

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Van Hire Peterlee Area

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Van hire Peterlee and surrounding areas Van Hire in Peterlee and surrounding areas. We are based just along the road in Durham, many of our customers are from Peterlee and the surrounding areas, who use our hire services. We offer easy van hire options for our customers including: No deposit with easy payment options Special [...]

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Honda launches new JDM Odyssey, Mugen chips in [w/video]

Friday, November 29th, 2013

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Honda releases its fifth-generation Odyssey minivan.

Honda has just released its new Odyssey minivan for the Japanese Domestic Market, and it has plenty of style and room for up to eight people. Honda factory tuning company Mugen will also offer performance and styling parts for the fifth-generation minivan.

The Odyssey is offered in B and G trim with a 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter I-VTEC four-cylinder mated to a continuously variable transmission with optional paddle shifters and seven ‘speeds.’ The more upscale Odyssey Absolute features sportier styling, and but all models are available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The interior follows a “modern suite” design concept inspired by luxury hotels, with wood trim and comfortable-looking seats. Additionally, customers can choose between models with a lift-up second-row seat or a lift-up front passenger seat. Honda highlights the Odyssey’s low floor height and high ceiling, which accentuates the spacious interior. The low floor also endows the minivan with a step height of 30 centimeters (11.8 inches) at the rear sliding door to afford easy entry.

Mugen upgrades consist of separate styling packages for the base Odyssey and the Odyssey Absolute, an exhaust system with one or two tailpipes, suspension upgrades, a wide selection of 18-inch and 19-inch wheels and more. Head on below to watch a video of the Mugen-tuned Odyssey.

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Hot Car Deal ? Save

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Which? Hot Car Deal: The new Mazda 3 won?t arrive in showrooms until 2014, but you can already find great savings on this striking new Golf rival online

Source: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2013/11/hot-car-deal–save-3000-on-new-mazda-3-341913/?cmp=RSS-CARS_341913

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Engine surging/misfire/hesitation

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Lately the engine has been surging when idling, from 500-1500RPM, constantly, it’s worse with A/C on. Also when driving, if it is cold it will knock really bad, and when warm it will hesitate and try to die at any RPMs below 2,000, so I have been running it in a lower gear to keep engine speed…

Source: http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/showthread.php/51449-Engine-surging-misfire-hesitation?goto=newpost

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Commercial Mini Bus Hire

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Mini Bus Hire in Durham, Chester le Street, Washington & Peterlee areas Commercial Mini Bus Hire throughout Durham and surrounding areas. Does your company need a mini bus for day trips or transporting people? Are you looking for a self drive mini bus in the Durham area? Hilltop hire offer affordable mini bus hire. We [...]

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2012 Vauxhall Vectra

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

The Vauxhall Vectra is also known as the Chevrolet Vectra in North America, the Holden Vectra in Australia and as the Opel Vectra in other parts of the world. It is classified and sold a large four-door family saloon, estate or as a 5-door hatchback powered by various choices of petrol or diesel engines mated to a five or six-speed manual gearbox. We start with the petrol in choices of the following: a 140bhp 1.8-litre ECOTEC with VVT, a 172bhp 2.0 turbo, a 155bhp 2.2-litre inline-4, and a 2.8-litre 250bhp V6 turbo. For the diesels there’s a 1.9-litre CDTi diesel with 120bhp or 150bhp, a 175bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-4, and an available 181bhp 3.0 turbocharged V6 CDTi.

Among the amenities and safety features included in the Vauxhall Vectra includes leather and aluminum inserts and trimming, AM/FM radio with CD, electric windows and mirrors, air conditioning, power assisted steering with cruise control, front fog lights, 17” aluminum wheels with ABS, driver and front passenger airbags, among many other. Prices start at £14,750 for the 1.8 Vectra Exclusiv hatchback, £15,750 for the Estate, and £17,995 for the Signum Exclusiv.

Vauxhall has followed the recipe of not changing anything that is working well and the current Vectra model is testament to this for it has indeed seemingly worked well for the company, so much so as not to merit a makeover for the time being. The 2012 Vauxhall Vectra currently available for sale in the UK market is actually a carryover from the previous model year and is virtually unchanged. Since there are no redesign in the horizon for the Vectra (although there’s a rumoured replacement), loyal fans of this vehicle may still get to own the different models and trims that British families and even UK fleet car companies have found serviceable though the years

Source: http://www.allreleasedates.co.uk/post/2011/11/22/2012-Vauxhall-Vectra.aspx

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Mini Bus Hire ? New fleet of mini buses

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Mini Bus Hire in Chester le Street, Durham & Surrounding Areas For mini bus hire in Chester le Street and Durham. Watch out for our new fleet. Photos coming soon No matter if you are a commercial customer or a member of the public.

It?s the 458 ?Niki Lauda? edition!

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

One-off special celebrates triple-world champ?s Ferrari heyday. TG petitions for ?Mansell edition?

Source: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/niki-lauda-ferrari-458-one-off-2013-11-13?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ongoing

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Bariatric ambulances increasingly require a Fireman?s Lift

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

A rising obesity problem in the UK has resulted in an increasing number of ambulances specially converted to transport clinically obese patients. These bariatric ambulances contain specialist medical equipment and facilities to deal with obese patients including electric winches, heavy-duty tail lifts and lowerable air suspension. Patient safety and comfort is a top priority along [...]

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Minibus Hire for Weddings

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Press release:Child car seat safety training on the agenda from RoSPA Scotland

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Road safety professionals in Scotland will be given vital in-car safety training and information this week as part of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in Scotland’s (RoSPA Scotland) commitment to helping deliver the Scottish Government’s Road Safety Framework to 2020.

Source: http://www.rospa.com/news/releases/detail/default.aspx?id=1197

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Minibus Hire- Durham

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

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Guest post: The Top 17 most expensive cars in the world

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

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